Have you recently been through a house fire? This is a trying experience, and FP Property Restoration understands firsthand how many questions you probably have right now. Questions like, “how much will it cost to take care of the damage?”, “where am I going to stay while the cleanup process is happening?”, and of course, “what can be salvaged?”
At FP Property Restoration, we are here to provide all the fire damage services you need. In regards to what can be salvaged, the good news is that with our experienced restoration professionals, the answer is—almost anything! In addition to fire and smoke cleanup and post-fire repairs, we are proud to offer contents cleaning and restoration, so you can hold on to as many of your cherished belongings as possible. And with packout and storage service, we’ll even make sure your items are kept safe while your property gets back on its feet. Keep reading to learn more about what we can salvage in the wake of a house fire, and remember that FP Property Restoration is here 24/7 for all your property emergencies.
Our Guide to Salvaging Belongings After a House Fire:
- In the Bathroom: Most of the items in your bathroom can be salvaged, as long as they are not too badly damaged. It is extremely important that you check certain items, however, such as your makeup bag and medicine cabinet. The chemicals in these products can warp under high heat, so if your toiletries appear damaged in any way, it’s better to just throw them out.
- In the Closet: This may surprise you but clothes and other textiles can usually be saved following fire damage. Anything that is burnt should be thrown away of course, and if any clothing for infants looks damaged, you may want to err on the side of caution and just throw it away, since smoke residue can be particularly harmful for babies and young children. To try and salvage clothing on your own, you can also mix roughly five teaspoons of tri-sodium phosphate and one cup of bleach (be careful, as TSP is caustic.) Wash your clothes in this mixture, rinse, hang up to dry, and just wait for them to look normal again.
- In the Bedroom: Any wood items in your bedroom that get burned up may be hard to salvage after a fire, though it depends on the extent of the damage. However, valuables can usually be cleaned and restored, and we will likely be able to save your bed frame, bedding, and your bed, using the same methods we would for your clothing.